For students interested in the classical world this degree provides a focus on the art and material culture of Greece and Rome. The programme includes a basic grounding in at least one classical language, fundamental aspects of archaeology, and field visits to develop a first-hand acquaintance with sites, museums and objects.
- Degree Programme
- Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation BA
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- No specific subjects.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A score of 16-17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), or Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (NQF) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with 18 credits awarded with distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units with Merit. Or a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Merit in the Level 3 units.
D3,D3,M1 - D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects
AAB-ABB at Advanced Highers (or AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher)
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma Core with grade B, plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AA-AB.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- Gain a broad knowledge of past human societies and their development, and the varied methods of archaeological data recovery, analysis and interpretation.
- The UCL Institute of Archaeology is one of the largest archaeology departments in the world, with an unrivalled range of specialist staff. It hosts numerous lectures by visiting archaeologists.
- The institute is home to one of the best archaeology libraries in the world and has its own teaching collections, including the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.
- The opportunity to participate in staff-led research projects in many parts of the world, together with other field projects, thanks to UCL's fieldwork grants.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Most of the degree is structured around a combination of core and optional courses. In your first year, you will receive a solid grounding in both the practical and theoretical methods in archaeology, as well as an introduction to the study of ancient languages.
The second and third years provide a more advanced understanding of archaeology and allow you to develop your own specialised interests by choosing options in particular subject areas.
All students registered for this degree are required to undertake a six-week study visit to the Mediterranean as part of their 70 days of fieldwork. This is an individual programme of visits to sites and museums around the Mediterranean developed by you in conjuction with the degree co-ordinator. The study tour allows students to pursue aspects of their first two years of coursework in more depth, and prepare for their final-year dissertation, through extended critical first-hand examination of sites and artefacts of the ancient Mediterranean.
In the third year you are given the chance to reflect critically on your fieldwork experience during the degree through a fieldwork portfolio or fieldwork study report, and to write a 10,000-word dissertation on a detailed subject that you will choose with the help of a supervisor.
Introduction to Archaeology
Sites and Artefacts
World Archaeology: the Deep History of Human Societies
In addition, you will also take Ancient Greek or Latin courses worth 1.0 credit.
You will select two of the following optional courses:
Introduction to Greek Archaeology
Introduction to Roman Archaeology
Texts in Archaeology.
Research and Presentation Skills
Theory and Method for the Archaeology of the Ancient World
You will select optional courses (worth 3.0 credits in total) in the following areas:
Greek and Roman archaeology – normally Greek Art and Architecture or Roman Art and Architecture
Ancient languages, archaeology, or ancient world studies
A further option to be chosen from a range in consultation with your Personal Tutor.
Archaeology in the World
Field Study Tour Report or Fieldwork Portfolio
Dissertation relating to Classical Archaeology (subject to approval), Classical Civilisation or Classical Art
You will select courses (worth a total of 2.0 credits) in the following areas:
Greek and Roman art/archaeology
Classical world (archaeology, literature, ancient language, history)
Additional optional course to be chosen from a range of options in consultation with your Personal Tutor.
You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, either field or laboratory-based. Full use is made of our extensive teaching and reference collections and close connections to the national museums and collections of London.
Coursework, typically 1,500-2,500-word essays, is used to assess most courses. Most compulsory courses and some optional courses involve an examination element too. The completion of 70 days' fieldwork is a requirement for all archaeology students. This includes a six-week study tour for Classical Archaeology students.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Classical Archaeology and Classical Civilisation BA.
At the end of the programme, you will possess invaluable transferable skills such as working as part of a team, analysing and interpreting complex data, organising your time and resources, and structuring and communicating your ideas verbally and in writing.
The extensive fieldwork component of the programme gives our graduates a real advantage in seeking a career in archaeology. This is evident by the numbers of graduates who gain employment with archaeological field units or pursue a further qualification in a specialised aspect of the discipline.
For others, an archaeology degree offers a strong foundation for a career in law, business, the civil service, accountancy, teaching, film and a wide range of other fields.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2013) of this programme include:
- Henri Lloyd, Assistant Manager (2013)
- Accounts Manager, Artscience (2012)
- Full-time student, College of Law, Law conversion degree (2011)
- Field Archaeology, Museum of London (2011)
- Actress, Questors Theatre (2011)
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
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Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas fee
- £21,320 (2016/17)
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.